(RightWing.org) – Former South Bend mayor Pete Buttigieg gave the Democrat presidential race its biggest shakeup yet Sunday night when he unexpectedly announced that he was pulling out of the contest. This was an abrupt reversal of his statements just days earlier when he was assuring his supporters the White House was still within reach and he had a plan for progress beyond Super Tuesday.
— Team Pete HQ (@PeteForAmerica) March 2, 2020
A tweet Sunday evening announced that Buttigieg would be “delivering remarks” in South Bend at 8:30 pm EST. The tweet contained no hint as to what the remarks might be – but five minutes into an initially upbeat speech he admitted that “the path has narrowed to a close.”
Buttigieg’s withdrawal is a disappointment to his supporters, but it’s likely to boost the chances of the other non-Sanders candidates, especially Joe Biden. There’s growing alarm among moderate Democrats that the radical socialist could win the nomination – then crash disastrously in November.
The departure of a relative moderate from the race is a sign that candidates are getting nervous enough to sacrifice their own fading chances in hope of blocking the Vermont senator.
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